Doctors on P.E.I. are asking for more guidance in using social media.

Dr. David Bannon, president of the Medical Society of P.E.I., believes social media can be an asset for doctors and patients, but said some rules have to be in place.

"What I see happening is that eventually it'll become something more professional with more specific focus," said Bannon.

"It's going to require appropriate regulations. It's going to require appropriate cautions but you want to protect the patient's interest. You have to protect privacy and that's absolutely critical."

Doctors here are advised to follow Canadian Medical Association guidelines on social media. The Medical Society of P.E.I. plans to host hands-on social media workshops this fall, at the request of several members.

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